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We believe that teaching debate in the Middle School, particularly at this stage of cognitive development, is critical to helping students transition from concrete comprehension to abstract thinking.
Middle School
Co-Curricular Activities


All Middle School students participate in the year-long debate tournament, which yields a champion each spring. Debate skills serve students in all areas of academic life. Each participant will learn to research a topic, formulate arguments, and consider contentions to organize his or her case with clarity. Also, students will practice speaking publically, persuading others, and engaging in active listening through practice and debate competitions.

Speech and debate competitions help students see the value of academic research, but it also prepares them for greater participation in classroom discussions and activities.  Requiring all students to compete in debate strengthens their media literacy skills. Students begin to differentiate the quality of sources and validity of information. They learn to question and test information, and they start to understand the nuances of information in the world around them.
Every student in the Middle School is introduced to the fundamentals of speech and debate in the sixth grade. Debates take place during the school day, in the weeks between athletic seasons.

Additionally, the Garden State Debate League Club (GSDL) gives those students who self-identify as competitive debaters further opportunities for speech and debate competition. As a member team of the GSDL, The Hun School competes against seven other Middle School teams during four debate tournaments held throughout the year. 
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school.  Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.

176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton, NJ 08540  |  Phone: (609) 921-7600 | Email: admiss@hunschool.org